• Relative



    From Latin relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre ("to carry back, to ascribe"), from re- ("again") + ferre ("to bear or carry")

    Full definition of relative



    1. Connected to or depending on something else; comparative.
      • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.
    2. (computing, of a URL, URI, path, or similar) Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.''The relative URL /images/pic.jpg, when evaluated in the context of http://example.com/docs/pic.html, corresponds to the absolute URL http://example.com/images/pic.jpg.
    3. (grammar) That relates to an antecedent.
    4. (music) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.
    5. Relevant; pertinent; related.relative to your earlier point about taxes, ...
    6. Capable to be changed by other beings or circumstance; conditional.

    Derived terms



    (plural relatives)
    1. Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.Why do my relatives always talk about sex?
    2. (linguistics) A type of adjective that inflects like a relative clause, rather than a true adjective, in certain Bantu languages.



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